How to Make a Career Change in 5 Simple Steps

Follow these 5 steps for an actionable plan to find and land your ideal career, and lean on our additional resources to explore your career search further.

Career Change
4 Min Read
March 16, 2022

Today we’re going to talk about how to make a career change in 5 easy steps. 

It sounds like an infomercial doesn’t it?

We promise it’s not!

If we’re being honest, there is a lot more work that will need to go into these 5 steps - i.e. steps within the steps - that you will need to tackle along the way. You can find more about that here

However, by following these 5 steps, you will be well on your way to finding your best career. 

Let’s jump in! 

How to Make a Career Change #1

Reflect On Your Skills and Values

As a human, you naturally have skills that you have built over your lifetime. Everyone does!

However, if you’re like most of us, you may not be aware of just what those skillsets are - or how you can best use them.

A great practice we suggest here at WorkWell is to call the people closest to you - people you have worked with, people in your inner circle - and ask them!

“Hey! What are some things that I bring to the table?”

It’s a great way to reflect on the skills and values you contribute to a team and/or workplace, by hearing it firsthand from others around you. 

Note: it’s important to gather all skills - hard and soft - as essential skills are often the traits that help impact culture and work environments the most. 

These are all incredibly important traits to a workplace, and ones to make sure you jot down!

How to Make a Career Change #2

Stop Being a Generalist

Most industries - and especially the Tech industry - are looking for highly specialized skills. 

Therefore, if your LinkedIn portrays that you are a “jack-of-all-trades”, the hiring manager may assume that you are not an expert in anything. 

Here’s what we suggest: 

Look at the hats you wore in your previous roles, and choose the hats that are most relevant to the roles you are targeting now. 

Shift your resume and LinkedIn profile to reflect these “hats” as more specific roles, skills, and accomplishments. 

Example: One of our students at WorkWell had “Entrepreneur” listed on her LinkedIn profile. To a hiring manager looking to hire for a specific job role, the title of “entrepreneur” meant… nothing. By rebranding her title to “Senior Product Marketing Manager”, she attracted many more calls and soon landed a role at Amazon. 

The minor shifts are important. Rebrand yourself in a way that is meaningful and quantifiable to hiring managers. 

How to Make a Career Change #3

Don’t Be Shy! It’s Time To Network

Networking is a dirty word to a lot of people. 

“Networking is scary!”

“Ah, I don’t want to do it!”

“I don’t want to bug anyone… Or ask for anything!” 

There is a lot of energy around it!

However, here at WorkWell, we try to change that. 

As WorkWell Co-Founder, Lucy Basta says, “At the end of the day, networking is simply getting to know someone else and bringing curiosity to the conversation.” 

You’re not asking for anything by networking, you are simply asking questions about someone’s experience, job role, or company. 

Approach it from a place of curiosity! 

Here are a few example questions to start with: 

We tackle networking extensively in our 4-week Job Search & Interview Skills Accelerator - you can learn more here

How to Make a Career Change #4

Practice Your Story!

The interview process is the last thing standing between you and your dream job. 

So when it comes to getting the career you want, it’s important to prepare yourself for the interview process as much as possible. 

The best way to do this is through mock interviews. 

Grab a friend, coworker, or join us at WorkWell and practice various interview Q&A scenarios for the specific role and company you’re applying to. 

You’ll receive feedback that will help you level up your interviews, and learn how to better tailor your answers for a specific role. 

And of course, it’s better to get the jitters and fumbles out in practice, rather than in the live event! 

How to Make a Career Change #5

Negotiate Your Worth!

Finally, last but not least, negotiate your new job offer to match what you are worth!

You have skills - and they are valuable! It’s important to go into every negotiation with a clear view of what your market worth is. 

And don’t be afraid to negotiate. 

Hiring managers expect you to negotiate. If you don’t, you are most likely leaving thousands of dollars on the table. 

At WorkWell, we focus a lot on salary negotiations in our coaching to help people ask for and land more money than they ever have before. 

If you’d like to dive deeper into how to make a career change, check out one of our free events on Eventbrite or join an info session for our next accelerator

We hope to see you there!

At WorkWell, we have helped 1,100+ people like you find, land, and thrive in a Tech career. Learn more about us here